Early today I checked the mail and to my surprise they had arrived! My badge and wristband for Fan Expo we’re finally here. This is very big for me as it has been quite some time since I last went to Fan Expo and really got to enjoy it. I did work the event last year, but that was a dark and sad time that will be sweeped under the rug and forgotten about. This year will be a return to form of sorts as I get back into the spirit of this convention.
I should first though provide a brief description of this event for those that might not be aware of this convention. It is a convention that includes fandoms for just about everything from anime to horror, to gaming and more. You like Sci-Fi? You like Fantasy? Fan Expo has been a celebration of everything geeky for many years. As the noteriety of Fan Expo increased so did the size of the event until it came to encompass the entire convention centre in Toronto for 4 days at the end of August. From it’s humble beginnings as a collection of various conventions, it has grown to be inclusive of so many fandoms and an event that people prepare for each and every year.
When I was younger I use to go every year. Without fail I made it to the convention every year between 2008 and 2013. But of course other things, unexpected things, came up and I was unable to attend for several years. Now, now I’m ready, I’m able, and I’m prepared. Preparation is always key when it comes to conventions, as well as many other things in life. So I suppose here are a few tips to keep in mind when going to Fan Expo, or any convention really.
Budget Budget Budget. Always have a limit when it comes to spending. Make sure you set a specific dollar amount that you are willing to spend and keep to it. You will be tempted to hit up the ATM but at the end of the day you will be met with regret.
Schedule your time! Keep in mind that all conventions follow the same progression of events. Thursday and Friday will be the preliminary days, set up and prep for what is to come. Saturday is always THE DAY. The big day when most celebrities will be at the con, when most panels will be taking place, and when the most people will be present at the convention. Sunday is always the horrifying realization day for all retailers, the realization being that they will have to pack up and transport all their items back to their stores. On Sunday you are most likely to get the best last minute deals, so wait to do most of your shopping on Sunday. And always, compromise what you want to do if you are attending with a group of friends. Communicate with your friends and always make sure that you plan out as much of the con as possible.
Keep hydrated and fed. Bring water and snacks with you or else you’ll have to face the consequences of overpriced convention food. But still make sure to always leave some extra money in the budget for food as well.
Watch out for pickpockets. It’s sad to say it but on the convention floor it will be entirely possible that people might try to steal from you. Don’t worry too much, just make sure to not carry anything too valuable with you and always make sure you keep your wallet and phone on you. Do not leave that stuff in your backpack cause you will get bumped around and you will be paranoid that someone is attempting to rob you. It’s a sad reality, but you should always be mindful of this.
That’s about it really. Now I will have some followup posts in the days to come, and I will even be posting some videos on my YouTube channel live from the convention so lookout for that content in the coming weeks. And if you have any questions about Fan Expo, or just conventions in general, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message about it.